My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Weave a grass Christmas tree

Start the armature by interweaving a pointy bit

Start the armature by interweaving a hollow pointy bit.

Open weave a wreath shape

Open weave a small wreath shape from wire. The open part is so that you can secure the grass as you weave it in.

If you are unsure about weaving a wreath see the Tutorial below.

Open weave a second wire wreath

Open weave a second wire wreath, slightly bigger than the first.

And weave another wreath larger than the previous

And weave another wreath larger than the previous.

Measure and cut a few support twigs

Add a bit of artificial snow to a few twigs. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions. Measure and cut three support twigs. Set aside any frosted side branches to decorate the tree with.

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Cut three support twigs

Cut three support twigs.

Why three? There's a reason for that! See the Tutorial below for more details on why I usually add three legs to my armatures.

Stand the support twigs in the largest wreath

Stand the support twigs upright in the largest wreath...

Slip the smaller wreath over the twigs

Slip the smaller wreath over the twigs. Let it drop to where it naturally catch.

Slip the next wreath over the twigs

Slip the next wreath over the twigs and let it slide down to where it catches.

Slip the pointy bit over the twigs and secure it with hot glue

Slip the pointy bit over the twigs and secure it with hot glue.

Secure the wreaths to the twigs with a small drop of glue

Secure the wreaths to the twigs with a small drop of glue.

Set the armature in a display container

Set the armature in a display container.

Start to interweave the grass around the armature

Start to interweave the grass around the armature.

Interweave the tree letting the grass ends extend

Interweave the tree letting the grass ends dangle freely.

Also see the newsletter tip... this is what I mean.

Slowly build up the tree armature

Slowly build up the tree armature...

To cover the entire shape

... To cover the entire shape.

Letting the grass tips dangle freely

Letting the grass tips dangle freely.

Curl the grass tips

Curl the grass tips. There are two ways to do this. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make the ringlet curls. And book readers turn to page 288 where I show you how to manipulate grass and make the tighter curls.

Carefully curl the grass into whichever direction you want the curl to fall

Carefully curl the grass into whichever direction you want the curl to fall.

Glue in the snow covered side branches

Glue in the snow covered side branches...

Cover the stem of the wired pom poms with florist tape

Cover the stem of the wired pom poms with florist tape.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make wired pom poms.

Add a few crystal stars to the design

Add a few crystal stars to the design.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add the crystals.

And glue in the pom pom wire

And glue in the pom pom wire so that it extends out and you can bend it into the exact position you want it in.

Fill the container with water so that the grass remains hydrated

Fill the container with water so that the grass remains hydrated.

And float the tiniest bit of artificial snow on the water surface

And float the tiniest bit of artificial snow on the water surface. Decorative? Absolutely but it also makes it really easy to see when you need to top up the water.

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Tutorials

23 December 2020 Wired snowball pom pom

Craft an ornamental ball or tuft with wool and cardboard.

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

7 September 2012 The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

16 December 2015 Kalanchoe Christmas Bauble

The delicate Kalanchoe flowers last surprisingly well without a water source and is ideal for glue techniques

5 May 2011 Wire baubles

Make baubles from wire

2 December 2020 Lost and found snow mittens

Artificial snow covered cardboard mittens to add to a winter themed design.

Related Designs

23 December 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: wired snowball pom pom for a woven grass Christmas tree

...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. Some cardboard to wrap the string around… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard...

14 December 2016 A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

A floral cotton candy cane

21 December 2016 A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

28 December 2016 A Jingle Cotton Christmas

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

11 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus bauble Christmas!

For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!

16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

16 December 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Snow Globe

...ok not really that fancy- it’s paper pulp. Cardboard boxes, really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being delivered. This week...